Since I painted my dining room, the hand-me-down dining set has bothered me. It was just too….brown.
I don’t know what I want to do in here yet. I’d love to buy a new table, but I can’t justify spending the money yet. I’m going to tackle this room in sections.
I decided that I wanted to replace the seat cushions and figure that I’d paint the chairs while I was at it. Again, they were just bothering me. Just a little too….brown.
Now I’m not a big chalk paint fan, but I thought that I’d take a shortcut by not having to worry about sanding and priming. Using a homemade chalky paint recipe:
1/3 cup Plaster of Paris
1/3 cup cool water
Stir until completely cool. Then add
1 cup latex paint and stir until completely blended.
I painted my six chairs. After they dried, I wanted to give them a little depth so I rubbed on a gray stain over the surface.
That’s Coco, our Siamese. She really wanted to be in the action! 🙂
At this point, a protective coat is needed to protect the paint and most of the time wax is used. Why didn’t I use a wax? Something that isn’t always made known when using chalk paint is that wax needs to be reapplied every so often and if you make changes frequently, like I tend to do, the wax needs to be removed before you paint again. Since I tend to change things pretty frequently (just ask my husband how many times I’ve painted our family room over the past 15 years), I don’t want to have to worry about that. So instead, I used Minwax Polycrylic which is my favorite finish. If you don’t know the difference between polyurethane and polycrylic, the latter is water based and won’t yellow over time.
After I finished the painting, I reattached the seats and they are done.
Not so brown anymore!
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